The BBC has launched its scholastic game-based CBeebies Playtime for Windows Phone 8.
Patrick Healy, head of product for children’s at BBC Future Media, says ‘Children’s media consumption habits are changing rapidly and it’s important for us to be able to reach them wherever they are.’
The app uses all device features, such as touchscreen and accelerometer, to encourage kids interact with the content in the various ways they can’t with TV or PC.
‘The only way we can bring this content to new mobile audiences is through a new native app, which we’ve done for Windows Phone 8 users in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.
‘Our strategy from the start of the CBeebies Playtime build was to use a single codebase which can be branched to target our required mobile platforms. Unity was the technology workflow used, allowing us to develop rich 2D and 3D game experiences that could scale.
‘By using the single codebase workflow, we can add further games content and features to these platforms as needed, without the overhead of repeating major work for each platform. This allows us to efficiently maintain as synchronised an approach as possible to the releases in each app store.’